Photography by Melissa Gidney
Occupation: Co-Founder of YYoga & Nectar Juicery
I am a wife to an amazing man, a mom to two superhero kids…and a daughter, sister and best friend. I am deeply passionate about affecting global change by inspiring everyone I meet to choose a deep breathe, the right pose, food that nourishes, connections that are real, thoughts that empower, and love over fear.
If you had to describe your RAW shoot in one word what would it be?
Beauty can be defined in so many ways. What is your definition of ‘beautiful’?
I believe beauty is a result of ones love or inner spirit if you will, radiating so bright that others can see.
When do you feel most beautiful?
After a yoga class.
What part of aging scares you the most?
I would not use the word “scares”, but as I get older I am more aware of how my body changes. That is, I have overcome physical injuries and health challenges in the last couple years with the birth of my second child. This has lead me to become more aware of age, as well as how my health and those around me is so important.
What part of aging is the most exciting?
Wisdom and grace.
On average how much do you spend each month on cosmetic items such as make-up, hair cuts/colouring, waxing, clothing, nails, tanning, creams etc.
You have a young daughter and at your shoot we talked about your attempt to keep Barbie out of your house. Despite your best efforts she made it off the shelf and into her little hands. It’s almost impossible to shield our daughters (and ourselves) from messages that tell us we aren’t good enough so how do we ensure that the next generation of girls grow up with confidence and a strong sense of self?
We talk about it. In this example, we talk about how much make-up Barbie wears, and how she would be more beautiful is she didn’t have so much “paint covering her face”.
To me, this is extreme. And, it is unfortunate that a lot of women feel they need to go to this extreme. However, all make up, whether it is light lip-gloss or Botox is a form of the same. Ideally, we wear it for fun, and have no connection to our self worth.
Let’s talk Photoshop. What are your thoughts on this cultural phenomenon? Yay or nay? Or is there a place for it sometimes?
Let’s see things as they really are, I am definitely a nay to this one.
You’ve had two beautiful children now. How has your relationship with your body changed throughout your pregnancies and since having kids? Ups and downs? Total body love? Where are you at on a day-to-day basis in regards to body image?
It has taken me a long time to get where I am today. Let’s be honest, your body goes through a lot of change when making babies. My oldest daughter is 5 and our little guy is 2. There were many times I looked in the mirror and all I could see was a stretched stomach or breasts…Through total acceptance, love, a lot of yoga, and amazing nourishing foods…I am proud to say, I love my body and look even better now than I did before having kids .. Also, I revel in how amazing my body is, not only has it created and nursed two children, but it also does all sorts of amazing things on a yoga mat, hiking up the grouse grind, and most lately working hard in the Juicery. Yes, our bodies are beautiful, but they are so much more than that.
When you were 5 what did you want to be when you were older?
I think I liked about it then, what I enjoy in my work now…Connecting with others, serving others, and giving people what they need…albeit my form now is a cold pressed juice, served with a yoga class before and a whole lot of life inspiration.
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